The older photo shows what was later to be called Maxwell’s Corner, by just about everybody. It was taken in 1913.
The newer photo is a comparison from a much later date.
I consider Maxwell’s Corner to be a landmark building in Stockton, it is certainly a reference point, many of us will have said “It’s just past Maxwell’s Corner” or “It’s at the Maxwell’s Corner end of the High Street”.
The old Empire Theatre served the same purpose, in fact I still think of the area around the Swallow Hotel as the Empire End, things from your formative years tend to remain with you.
Does anybody know when the “Maxwell’s Corner” sign was first painted onto the building?
In the older photo there are two people in the window to the right, closer inspection of the newer photo shows that there are two people in the same window, excepting they are sitting down.
The building has barely changed over the years, the frontages have been brought up to date and different paint jobs have been done, but nothing of note has changed.
Photo and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.